KIRBYSON, Brian Richard

It is with great sadness that the family of Brian Kirbyson announce his passing on Thursday April 23, 2020 at the young age of 56 following a short battle with cancer.
Brian was born on November 17, 1963 in Edmonton, Alberta and shortly after was lovingly adopted by Dick and Phyliss Kirbyson, whom he always considered to be his true parents. Brian grew up and attended all of his elementary and high schooling in Grande Prairie. As a young teen he worked for a season at Sunshine Ski Village where he became an avid downhill skier. He was beauty and grace in motion to watch on a pair of skis. Also as a young man he went through apprenticeship to earn his Journeyman Plumbing and gas fitting tickets from NAIT. He used those skills working with Dick building the existing Grande Prairie Hospital, the Harry Grey Elementary school in Valleyview as well as many other complex plumbing jobs. Later in life his occupation brought him to the oil patch where he spent many years as a field operator and gas plant operator.
In 1994 Brian married Jodi Brown following a lengthy courtship. Although their marriage didn’t last, they enjoyed many outdoor activities due to their mutual love of nature. Much of that time was at Musreau Lake where the family trapline was managed and maintained for decades by Dick and Brian. The cabin there was a hotspot that hosted uncountable laughs and good times for Brian, Jodi as well as many family and friends. Brian’s love of nature was born there!
Brian, known affectionately as “Kirb” also loved sports. He loved the Oilers and rarely missed a game on TV. He and Jodi managed a mixed slow-pitch team called the Nobody’s for numerous years where many great friendships were made.
During their marriage Brian and Jodi had 2 children, Asa (2001) and Hayley (2003), both of which he adored and they him. He taught them his love of the outdoors. He loved to take them to the cabin, camping or put a fishing rod in their hands. Brian’s love for his children ran deep and he was very proud of them. He taught them the respect and appreciation of the outdoors and what it means to have a faithful companion by your side, namely Sophie, Darby and Jax.
Brian is survived by his son Asa Jordan Kirbyson, his daughter Hayley Jorja Kirbyson, sister Carolyn Bird (Shane), Jodi Brown and special friend Kim Coney. He was Pre-deceased by his father Richard (Dick) Kirbyson and mother Phyliss Kirbyson (nee Redwood) as well as numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Brian was very outgoing, making friends easily and was the “King” of selfies. He would take a selfie picture with almost anyone at anytime while laughing and joking with them.
The happy times we’ve shared with you will forever remain etched in our hearts. So will the memory of your dad jokes, one liner’s and your mischievous grin. You always had a joke right to the end, Nurses commented, “You’re quite the character aren’t you!” Brian you will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.
A service will not be held at this time. There will be a private service with immediate family at a later date for a celebration of Brian’s life. Memorial donations can be made in Brian’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of one’s choice.

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Bernard Sebastian

Brian is a gentleman and loved father, husband and friend to many people, from those who knew him at Sunshine Ski Village, when he did his plumbing job, to those who become a property agent and beneficiaries from the Grande Prairie Hospital, the Harry Grey Elementary school in Valleyview. You will be missed!

Jeff Gangl

Words cannot express my heartfelt loss.
Brian and I were friends for many many years and shared some hilarious times together
It was a joy and an honor to have known him and he will be forever missed.
Until we meet again my friend……

Clint Tranter

Played many summers of mixed slow pitch with Kirby and spent many nights out at the cabin. Very fond and fun memories. Also achieved gold plaque status at the Crown & Anchor one summer (the summer of long island ice teas) with Brian and Jeff Ganglia, better known that summer as Who, Ha and Bwah! Lol….what a great summer we had…recall one night driving around mooning people around town (pressed hams) ! Lol…RIP my old friend, I will never forget the good times we shared over the years.

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